Australia India travel ban ‘could be a problem’ if not discussed with Indian government
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The Indian government “would be concerned” about Australian citizens of Indian origin being prevented from returning back to Australia, according to the Australia South Asia Research Centre’s Raghbendra Jha.
The Morrison government has implemented a ban on all Australians returning from India until May 15 and has threatened heavy fines and jail time for those who breach the ban.
Mr Jha told Sky News he is a “bit concerned” about the travel ban especially given Australia and India ties are “particularly good”.
“They are still people of Indian origin so they still have links with the folks back in India,” he said.
“The point the Indian government would worry about is that why are these people being prevented from returning to Australia.
“If it was discussed with the Indian government and they knew about it before it was announced then the impact would be a little bit less but if it was not discussed it could be a problem.”
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